Drama “Alania” in the Cup: went to the stadium “Dynamo” on foot, and the goalkeeper was crying after the match

Evgeny Markov

Evgeny Markov

Goalkeeper

A report from the cup semi-finals, in which the team of Spartak Gogniev did not dance and lost.

Before the semi-finals of the Russian Cup, Alania was unusually met: at the entrance to the VTB Arena, the bus with the Ossetian team was forced to turn backwards (which contradicts all football signs) and wait three minutes until the Dynamo players pass. Since no one went back, the players had to walk some distance to the stadium.

About this after the defeat with a score of 0:3 said the head coach of “Alania” Spartak Gogniev. Before the game, he refused to communicate, because he was furious with the situation with the bus, and after that he asked himself a philosophical question: “What if the Champions League? Would they have met in the same way?

Emotions of Spartak Gogniev

Emotions of Spartak Gogniev

Photo: Alexander Safonov, “Championship”

The post-match communication in his performance again added a spark to Alania’s performance – but not an additional one, as happens in recent years, but the only one. Because Alania conceded three maximally unanswered goals from Dynamo – so much so that the brave and high-in-field goalkeeper Rostislav Soldatenko cried bitterly after the game and walked into the stadium tunnel, wrapping his face in a T-shirt.

The defeat for Alania – also in the semi-finals of the Cup, where bright red-yellow flags of the republic were seen in all sectors – turned out to be as painful as possible.



That's what Smolov was needed for!  Forward of the Russian national team brought Dynamo closer to the trophy
That’s what Smolov was needed for! Forward of the Russian national team brought Dynamo closer to the trophy

With one shot on target and almost no chances inside the penalty area of ​​the Dynamo goalkeeper Leshchuk, we did not see the same Alania that we dreamed of seeing. Perhaps our expectations equal our problems. Or perhaps the team has burned out. Against Dynamo, the Ossetian footballers did not use their trademark round dances when taking free kicks, did not activate artistry when taking corners.

This season, it seemed to me that a coach (or specialist) in acting skills is working with Alania: he pumps their emotions, teaches them to deceive opponents with gestures and actions on the field. And today, as if the team did not fulfill the instructions of this particular coach. Or “Dynamo” did not allow them – leaning in each of the lines. And responding to aggressive dribbling and tough tackles in the same way. I remember such a masculine and reactive wrestling performed by Daniil Fomin in the second half.

Vladikavkaz Alan Bagaev against Dynamo Daniil Fomin

Vladikavkaz Alan Bagaev against Dynamo Daniil Fomin

Photo: Alexander Safonov, “Championship”

Without this artistic advantage, Alania lost. And she usually played in a very unusual match – in Moscow, a step away from the final, with a crowded fan sector, which jumped and sang after each of the goals against Alania, consistently loud and loud.

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Resting last spring in Ossetia, I felt how this southern and high-mountainous region lives with its team. He loves the squad of pupils and Ossetians, respects the charismatic coach and always cheers for the team equally strongly – even when they understand that it is unlikely that it will be possible to enter the RPL due to unsportsmanlike factors (the club does not have a stadium). On the streets of Vladikavkaz, we met club legends and shook hands with them, stroked a furry dog ​​at the Alania base and talked a lot about life and love for football with the head of the Alan Barsy fan association Andrey Popov.

In short. Ossetia is football. When a victory – then almost every grandmother in Vladikavkaz is happy. And now I’m not talking about England, but about our football region.

Fans of Alania

Fans of Alania

Photo: Alexander Safonov, “Championship”

And today the team will return to this region after the defeat in the semi-finals of the Cup. And they will definitely meet her loudly and sincerely. Surely there will be flags and dozens of bright lights.

Because their team is heroes. And there will be no questions about the game to the players. Only admiration.

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Today, for a while, one football dream was gone. Sincere and cheerful “Alania” stumbled in the semi-finals, and more powerful and played at a high level “Dynamo” went further. And this is great in the interests of football: we are clearly waiting for an interesting final at Luzhniki.

But I would also like Alania to continue to play their hot football and develop.

Free kick at Alania goal

Free kick at Alania goal

Photo: Alexander Safonov, “Championship”

And let the song play more often, which was played to me in Ossetia by local fans about the victory in the Russian championship in 1995.

“Spartak Alania” your finest hour
“Spartak Alania” sings the Caucasus
“Spartak Alania” rejoices Iriston
Spartak -Vladikavkaz, you are the champion!

Listen and be inspired.

Today Alania deserves to be sung about. Even despite the defeat.

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